Edinburgh Rugby signing Grayson Hart will finally get the opportunity to stake a claim for a Pro 12 slot at scrum half when he starts for Gala in Saturday’s Premiership visit to Currie.
The 25-year-old Scots-qualified New Zealander was the first of Edinburgh’s summer signings, but has yet to make an appearance at pro level because of injury.
However, after several opportunities from the bench, Hart is given the nod to start, ironically, against a Currie team he represented last month while his allocated Gala club were of a view that temporarily released pros could not be fitted in.
Not only has Hart now been introduced, but it is at the expense of Gala coach George Graham’s son, George, junior.
Also in the Gala squad is Edinburgh’s Aussie hooker, James Hilterbrand, and coach Graham is warning against taking bottom club Currie lightly.
Referring to how Currie lost 15-30 to leaders Melrose, he says: “Last week’s game against Melrose was a closer affair than in recent weeks by all accounts, so if we are to keep up the chase on Melrose we will have to play close to our best, as Malleny Park is never an easy place to go.”
n NEW Edinburgh Rugby signing Mike Coman has been passed fit after a knee injury and will captain Hawkes Bay against Tasman in the final of New Zealand’s inter-provincial championship on Saturday. It will be Coman’s final outing before flying into Edinburgh.
n TALKS on the future of European rugby competition were due to continue in Dublin today amidst speculation that the Scots, Irish and Italians want an extra automatic place in a breakaway competition to be run by French, English and now Welsh clubs. A deadline for committing to the new Champions Cup is expected to be set for next Thursday.